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    Total Mastectomy

    Simple or Total Mastectomy

    The entire breast is removed, but no lymph nodes are taken in this procedure. Simple mastectomy is most frequently used for further cancer prevention or when the cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on October 29, 2014

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